Iran on Monday, January 4, again engaged in the production of uranium enriched to 20 percent, which is considered weapons-grade. The announcement was made by the country’s government spokesman Ali Rabia,
“A few minutes ago, the Fordo enrichment complex began the process of producing uranium enriched to 20 percent,” the official said.
Earlier, Tehran notified the IAEA of its decision to resume uranium enrichment. Prior to that, the country ratified the law “Strategic Sanctions Relief Measure” proposed by the parliament, which provides for the activation of new generations of centrifuges within three months: one thousand IR-2M centrifuges and at least 174 IR-6 centrifuges with a subsequent increase in their number.
In Israel, the Iranian authorities regarded such a step as a demonstration of their intention to further develop their military nuclear program. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured in his Twitter account that the Jewish state will not allow Iran to produce nuclear weapons.
Iran is currently enriching uranium to 4.5 percent, despite the 3.67 percent limit in the international agreement on the country’s nuclear program. Tehran decided to go above this level after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018.